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View Glen Motz Profile
CPC (AB)
I'm not necessarily convinced that we want to lessen the witnesses' testimony. That means that not everyone is going to get a chance to ask questions. This is a pretty serious responsibility we have. I'm prepared to sit for an extra hour.
If our witnesses are available, let's have them for the hour and a half each that we had originally planned. That is my proposal.
View Glen Motz Profile
CPC (AB)
I'm getting a notice from someone who is trying to follow along online as well, and it keeps jumping from a completely green screen to a partial screen with nothing on it.
View Glen Motz Profile
CPC (AB)
Mr. Chair, before we adjourn, with the number of committee meetings not going on tomorrow and Thursday, is it possible that we would have the resources to meet tomorrow afternoon sometime, or Thursday in between our votes?
View Glen Motz Profile
CPC (AB)
We have to determine what those are going to be before we even have them.
View Glen Motz Profile
CPC (AB)
Thank you.
Given that information from Arif, I would suggest that if we have any time today, we could talk about what the fall looks like as far as this supermeeting that Matthew speaks of. Do we have some dates that we can close in on to discuss what that is with everybody? At least we can start planning our calendars then.
View Arnold Viersen Profile
CPC (AB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
This whole situation is quite fraught, in my opinion. What would it take for a resolution? What does a resolution look like? I understand the humanitarian disaster that's going on there right now, but as for the general conflict, what's it going to take to bring resolution to the general conflict so that we can rebuild Tigray?
I'll start with Feben and then work way across, perhaps.
View Arnold Viersen Profile
CPC (AB)
As far as I can tell, the government has brought in this humanitarian truce. Where is the humanitarian aid coming from? Is it coming from the Ethiopian government or is it coming from the UN? Which direction into Tigray would it be coming from? Would it be coming through Eritrea or is it coming through Ethiopia?
View Heather McPherson Profile
NDP (AB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
First of all, I want to start by saying, thank you so much. You came here tonight expecting to support your community and the witnesses we had planned. After hearing your testimony, we couldn't have had a better panel if we had planned it. Your outlining of the concerns of your community, the concerns of what is happening in Tigray, has been really phenomenal. Your community should be very proud of the way you are representing it. It's really impressive, and thank you for that.
Thank you for being so clear. I have so many notes, and I know exactly what the next steps need to be, because of your testimony. We need to seriously look at Canada's bilateral aid to Ethiopia. We know that Ethiopia is one of our biggest recipients of bilateral aid.
In 2021, I wrote to Minister Gould at the time, and told her that we needed to stop sending humanitarian aid to Ethiopia until we could guarantee that the aid was being used for all citizens. That is fundamental. If the aid is not being used to solve the crisis, and it is in fact, as you say, being used to fuel the crisis, that is a very severe problem.
The other one is the example of sexual violence. When you tell me those stories of the sexual violence being perpetrated on Tigrayan women, I know that my colleagues and I get goosebumps. It is horrifying to hear that this is happening to women around the world.
That's where I'd like to start. From what you've heard and what you know, can you explain the war crimes and how this is being used? I don't want you to feel that you have to be explicit, but this is the situation we need to hear more of. We need to hear how women are being targeted. Women are being used as victims of war crimes, and I'd like to give you some more space to do that, if I could.
View Heather McPherson Profile
NDP (AB)
When I hear that testimony, I recognize the trauma that we've already heard about and the need for Canada to support the Tigrayans as they recover from this, because there will be long-term trauma. We have a feminist international assistance policy. From my perspective, we cannot say we have a feminist international assistance policy, then provide bilateral aid to a country responsible for some of these crimes.
From my perspective, the urgent thing is making sure those humanitarian corridors open, so aid can get to the Tigrayans urgently—medical aid and food aid. The food crisis happening in Ukraine and around the world is desperately going to have impacts in Ethiopia and needs to be dealt with. The IRCC needs to make sure there is an immigration scheme for Tigrayans to come here. I heard you very clearly. What you need to hear is that Tigrayans can come here, the same way Ukrainians are given that option, the same way Afghans are given that option, and the same way Syrians are given that option.
Is there anything else you would like to make sure is very clearly highlighted, before we end this first round?
Perhaps I could start with Ms. Berhane.
View Heather McPherson Profile
NDP (AB)
I'm so sorry. That must be so hard.
View Heather McPherson Profile
NDP (AB)
View Arnold Viersen Profile
CPC (AB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I am still trying to go back to history. History is a line that we've travelled down. This conflict seems to have started back at the beginning of 2020. There were a series of events that led up to that.
What will resolve that underlying conflict? It seems to me that is what we have to get to, because we have the humanitarian crisis, which is urgent and pressing, and the need to send in food and things like that is there. Perhaps from the Tigrayan side, what is the resolution to this situation locally?
I'll start with Kidane.
View Arnold Viersen Profile
CPC (AB)
Was this the case before May 2020?
View Heather McPherson Profile
NDP (AB)
Thank you again for your testimony tonight. It's been very important.
I'm going to ask a series of quicker questions, just to make sure we get a few things on the record.
I met with Roméo Dallaire, who, of course, worked in Rwanda for the Canadian military. I asked for a meeting with him, because I wanted to find out what we were seeing in Tigray and where that echo would have happened in Rwanda. We've heard testimony about some of the words that have been used and some of the ways that people have been targeted.
He talked about child soldiers. Of course, he is a champion in the field of preventing child soldiers. He said that child soldiers were being used, and that if we saw examples of child soldiers being used in the conflict in Ethiopia, it was a clear indication that genocide was taking place or about to take place.
Do any of you know anything about child soldiers being used in Tigray right now?
View Heather McPherson Profile
NDP (AB)
And I mean those not being used by the Tigrayans but by the government.
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